On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) scored a 12-round split decision victory against Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) to successfully win a version of the WBA Featherweight title at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
The fight was televised on Showtime Championship Boxing in the U.S.
In the co-main event Jermall Charlo (24-0, 13 KOs) stopped Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) to defend his IBF 154-pound title.
Check out more results from the entire card below.
Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares, 12 rounds, for Cuellar’s WBA “regular” Featherweight title
Mares scored a 12-round split decision victory against Cuellar. Two judges had the fight for Mares with scores 116-111 and 117-110, while one judge scored the fight 115-112 for Cuellar.
Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams, 12 rounds, for Charlo’s IBF Junior Middleweight title
Charlo knocked out Williams in Round 5. A vicious counter uppercut began a flurry that quickly ended matters.
Lenny Zappavigna vs. Sergey Lipinets, 12 rounds, IBF Junior Welterweight eliminator
Lipinets scored an eighth-round KO victory against Zappavigna. Lipinets score two knockdowns, one in Round 5 and another in Round 8, the latter of which casued the stoppage.
Hugo Centeno Jr. vs. Ronald Montes, 8 or 10 rounds, Super Middlweights
Centeno scored a third-round KO victory as Montes did not leave his stool to begin Round 3.
Erickson Lubin vs. Juan Cabrera, 8 or 10 rounds, Junior Middleweights
Lubin dropped Cabrera twice in Round 2 to earn a second-round TKO victory.
“He was a little awkward in the first round. I set him up with my jab and I knew I hurt him in the second. Thats when I knew it was time for him to go,” said Lubin.
“I think that fight definitely proves that I’m in the discussion as one of the top up and comers in the sport, but I don’t feel any pressure. I’m back in the gym on Monday.”
“I want to be undisputed champion. I want all of the belts. Give me the Charlos, Julian Williams, any of them.”
“I’ll take whoever is in front of me next, but those names and put them in bold letters and you know I’ll be front and center for that Charlo-Williams fight,” said Lubin.
Mario Barrios vs. Claudio Rosendo Tapia, 8 or 10 rounds, Super Featherweights
Barrios scored a second-round TKO victory. Tapia was knocked down three times in Round 2 before being stopped.
Adan Mares vs. Marty Gutierrez, 4 or 6 rounds, Lightweights
All judges scored the bout a majority draw with three scores of 38-38.
Josesito Lopez vs. Todd Manuel, 6 rounds, Welterweights
Lopez scored a six-round unanimous decision victory. Lopez won with scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55.
Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime
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